|E100-59: Luke 10:25 - 10:37: The Good Samaritan, or is it? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
OK this story must be one of the best-known that Jesus ever told, everyone has heard it! And if not (at least if they speak English or French or just about any other European language) they know the main characterâs name â The Good Samaritan. Except that, what we know if we know this, is all wrong! Jesus was a prophet so to understand what heâs doing here we need to remind ourselves how Prophets work...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; Luke; NT; Narrative; Parable; Prophets; Righteousness
|E100-66: Luke 22:1 - 46: The Last Supper - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Passover was the greatest pilgrimage festival for 1st century Jews, Jerusalem was packed with people (like for a world cup - only more crowded ;) celebrating the great liberation from foreign oppression that God worked for Moses and the ancestors in Exodus. No wonder the Romans were jumpy, no wonder the Sadducees on the Sanhedrin (Jewish council) shared their concern, and it was an ideal opportunity for the Pharisees to do something about a dangerously radical Rabbi who failed to respect proper ...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; last supper; Luke
|E100-75: Acts 10:1 - 11:18: Good News for All - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
In Matt 26 when Peter was supposed to be praying with Jesus he went to sleep, here a similar physical need interrupts his prayer, he's hungry (in Peterâs retelling says he fell asleep here too :) But God uses the two situations quite differently - here his hunger gives him a vision! When God says...! OK God's message to Peter is quite clear, the behavioural rules that we think measure God's favour don't, the good news of God's love is for everyone...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; NT Acts; Jesus; Law; Peter; rules
|E100: Week 15: The Spirit breaks loose! - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The last reading last week about the ascension of Jesus to heaven explained that soon the Spirit would come. The disciples might not know all the secrets of God (as religions forever claim to do), but they will experience and share God's power. Then in the first reading this week we move from the ascension to Pentecost, foreshadowing the spread of the gospel to everyone, each in their own language...
Keywords: Acts; E100; NT; holy spirit; spirit
|E100: Week 20: Reading Revelation - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The book calls itself the apokalupsis of Jesus Christ - the revelation the disclosure of hidden things - so like parts of Daniel it will show us glimpses âbehind the scenesâ of the world letting us see a bit of what Christ is doing off stage. This means (paradoxically) that this book requires us to learn a bit about the setting and people for whom John is writing â it may be even more important for such a book than for one that tells the action on-stage ;) John is a prisoner, "for the word of...
Keywords: Revelation; Apocalypse; John; revelation of st john; bible; e100
|E100-71: Acts 2:1-47: The Day of Pentecost July 26, 2010 tim No comments - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
An unheard of miracle that foreshadows the spread of the gospel to all the world and the fellowship that transcends frontiers and cultures. Like in Joel everyone receives Godâs Spirit, young as well as old, women and men alike, slave and free, the Spirit bursts all human categories. Indeed death could not hold him down â Jesus lives in his people, the work continues! Is it now you'll begin to reign? Yes, but not in a tawdry political kingdom...
Keywords: Acts; E100; Holy Spirit; pentecost
|E100-58: Matthew 13:1 - 13:58: More about parables - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This chapter is a big sack of parables, and weâve already seen that a parable is in essence a comparison, where light is thrown on something by talking about something else, better known or more clear or vivid. The parable of the the sower is particularly complicated and developed, with lots of details but still turns on a comparison. Though Jesus does not (at first) tell his audience what it is, he wants them to think: âif you have ears then hear!â There is an English proverb thatâs pretty ...
Keywords: E100; Grace; Jesus; Matthew; Parable
|E100-65: John 11:1-57: A miracle among friends - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
What's a little miracle among friends? Yet Jesus seems to avoid performing one that would have saved his friends great pain, only to perform a greater one! And then there's the ominous clouds gathering that by the end of the chapter foretell the storm to follow. Noticing some detail of how John tells this great sign we will learn more about reading Bible stories, and about trusting/believing in Jesus...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; John; miracles
|E100-76: Acts 9:1 - 9:31: The Road to Damascus - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
"The Road" or "The Way" common Biblical picture language for a way of life or the direction we are "going", but it is also used several times in Acts (almost, or probably, only in Acts) as a name for being a Christian. It is a good name because metanoia, repentance, is about turning round and going a different way. Acts also is a book about journeys, with lots of individual voyages, and also the journey of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome - from Jewish sect to global faith...
Keywords: E100; Acts; Narrative; Paul; Way
|E100-39: 1 Kings 16:29 - 19:18: The big fight at Mt Carmel - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Since this is a gripping, but well-known, story what I'll try to do in this podcast is show you how a bit of context (see here for more on context and understanding the Bible). I'll also tell you God's two nicknames, in some religious traditions knowing all a god's names is really important, in Hinduism the god Vishnu has 1,000 names, in Islam there is a tradition that God has 99 names. Yahweh the God the Bible talks about has kicknames as well as formal names! A couple of photos to illustrate t...
Keywords: 1 Kings; elijah; mt carmel; biblical; narrative; bible study
|E100-89: 2 Timothy 3:10 - 4:8: Scripture - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This passage, which begins and ends with Paul's suffering, centres on Scripture. It contains the verse which in Evangelical circles is probably the second best known (after John 3:16) Bible reference of all (more rightly it should be two verses, since one cannot understand 2 Tim 3:16 without the purpose declared in 2 Tim 3:17). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture - is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that those who belong to God may be thoroughly equippe...
Keywords: 1&2 Tim; Titus; E100 Bible; Bible abuse; God breathed; Scripture
|E100-83: Ephesians 6:10 - 6:20: The armour of God - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Ephesians like Romans and Galatians splits neatly into two parts, with the second giving the practical outworkings of the first. Here opening (chs. 1-4) is "indicative" - it tells us what is - the second (chs. 5-6) is "imperative" - it tells us what to do. The letter has strong similarities to Colossians, some think it is an expansion, filling out the earlier letter. It is written with some long complicated sentences, and uses words and phrases that Paul does not use elsewhere...
Keywords: E100; Ephesians
|E100-68: John 19:1-42: The Crucifixion - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This chapter gives what it tells us is an eyewitness account of a Roman execution. Jesus, who has done no real wrong, except offend the religious leaders, and worry the politicians is subjested to the casual brutality of an imperial production-line death. Such a death, of an innocent man, is shocking. But Jesus was not merely a man, this was also the death of God, so as Jesus points out to the Roman govenor, Pilate, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you" John 19:11 such a...
Keywords: E100; crucifixion; death; Jesus; John
|E100-62: Matthew 14:22 - 14:36: Walking on Water - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
As it does in Luke, Matthewâs account the feeding of the 5,000 follows after Herod speculating that Jesus is John come back to life, but Matthew used this opportunity to tell the gruesome story of Johnâs death. Luke moved quickly from Johnâs death, to tell of the disciplesâ successful mission, whereas Matthew tell us that when Jesus heard of Johnâs death he âwithdrew to a deserted placeâ. Into this low point where we seem focused on the powerful political opposition that miracle comes as ...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; Matthew; miracles
|E100-73: Acts 6:8 - 8:8: Stephen the witness - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Stephen is a âmartyrâ (in English that means someone who dies for their beliefs, but in Greek it means someone who bears witness to their faith). Stephen points to Jesus, and witnesses to truth â even at expense of speaking against âholyâ things. In his defense he retells the story of salvation Heilsgeschichte but focused on Israelite unbelief and presenting Jesus as fulfillment of old old story (Acts 7:35-37)...
Keywords: Acts; fulfillment; martyr; Stephen; witness; E100
|E100: Week 16: The Church breaks loose! - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This week's readings tell the exciting story of how the Church broke loose. Till this time faith and culture had been intimately related. So if you wanted to convert to Judaism you became Jewish and adopted the rules and customs of Jewish life. In particular you adopted the 613 rules of the Torah. The first two readings tell of Saul's conversion and (the now renamed) Paulâs first missionary journey and the conversion of Jews and Gentiles...
Keywords: Acts; E100
|E100-67: John 18:1-40: Jesus secret and three betrayals - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
In this chapter, we get the climax of Johnâs series of sayings where Jesus echoes the divine "I am" cf. Exodus 3 (E100-17: Exodus 3-4: Getting the holy between your toes!), and we also notice how amid powerful people who seem muddled and out of control, Jesus (the one who seems to be the victim) is the only person in control of himself! And we'll discover his secret. We'll also notice the three betrayals, and ask how we can avoid joining they betrayers.
Keywords: E100; betrayal; Jesus; John; Peter
|E100-93: 1 Peter 1:1 - 2:12: A Living Hope - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This epistle is a bit of a puzzle it presents itself as written by Peter, Jesus' rough practical fisherman disciple, but it is written in smart literary Greek and the style seems to reflect Hellenistic rhetorical training. (As well as the sort of knowledge of Scripture we might expect from Peter!) Perhaps it was written by someone who owed a great debt to Peter or perhaps Peter had help from a ghost-writer â Silvanus (see 5:12) is a frequent candidate...
Keywords: 1&2 Peter; E100 epistle; salvation; writing the New Testament
|E100-90: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11: The Coming of the Lord - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
To my mind this passage provides a nice example of what Paul was on about in the previous reading, many people get hung up on the picture of Christ descending from heaven, and the possibility of people rising to greet him, and spend their time constructing imaginative and creative theologies and multi-million dollar businesses writing books about "the rapture" claiming that the notion is a "biblical doctrine"...
Keywords: E100; Thessalonians Bible; Bible abuse; rapture; Scripture
|E100-61: Luke 9:1 - 9:36: What's the point of a miracle? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The miracle stories in the Gospels (like the ones in the OT) are stories with the wow factor thatâs part of all miracle stories â think of the ones we hear on the infomercials on TV ;) They called this reading "Feeding the Five Thousand" but it comes in a context. Luke (like the other gospels (except Thomas which the early Christians excluded from the Bible) does not tell an unconnected series of "stories about Jesus" rather he tells us "The Story of Jesus"...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; Luke gospels; miracles
|E100-82: Galatians 5:16 - 6:10: The Fruit of the Spirit - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Unlike the theological treatise in Romans, Galatians seems to be written to particular people known to Paul, and with a particular situation in mind - Jewish Christian preachers who were calling for restoration of Biblical Principles (observance of the Old Testament law). So after the greeting, Paul starts combatitively in Gal 1:6-10. In the light of this he needs to spend the rest of chapter 1 and all of 2 defending himself as an Apostle...
Keywords: E100; Galatians; Gospel; life; Paul; spirit
|E100-65: John 11:1 - 11:57: A miracle among friends - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
What's a little miracle among friends? Yet Jesus seems to avoid performing one that would have saved his friends great pain, only to perform a greater one! And then thereâs the ominous clouds gathering that by the end of the chapter foretell the storm to follow. Noticing some detail of how John tells this great sign we will learn more about reading Bible stories, and about trusting/believing in Jesusâ¦
Keywords: E100; Jesus; John; miracles
|E100-87: 1 Timothy 6:3-21: Censoring the Bible? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Sometimes it is the very people who respect the Bible most who are moost tempted to censor Scripture. This passage is a fine example of how we are tempted to massage Scripture to remove "difficulties" and make it sound more like something our world can understand. Why does our reading begin at v.3? The chapter divisions are sometimes in the wrong place, but is that so here? * Is the topic of 1-2 very different from that of 3-21? * Do these verses connect more strongly with the material in ch.5? ...
Keywords: 1&2 Tim; Titus; E100 Bible; censor; censor the Bible; censorship; Q'ran; Scripture
|E100: Week 14: Death and resurrection - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Gospels are not biographies, nor are they just collections of sayings, they focus on Jesus' death and resurrection. Without either event canât understand Jesus or the gospel. But we also to see and understand that Jesus is God incarnate and that Jesus is risen else his dearth and the disciples turnaround between end of gospels and Acts makes no sense. This week's readings bring to fruition the message we heard time and again in the Old Tedstament, that the only true God is Yahweh, the one who w...
Keywords: E100; Acts; death; Gospel; Jesus; John; Luke; resurrection
|E100: Week 17: Writing letters - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
As soon as Christian faith began to spread beyond its first (Jewish) homeland it became a faith based on community sustained by travel and letters. A bit just like blogs and FaceBook today, letters nourished community, and sustained arguments or brought them to peaceful conclusions. The combination of new(ish) technology and Roman roads and sea trade routes caused an explosion of letter writing. The newish technology was papyrus (not new since it was known since 3rd millennium BC but a rival tec...
Keywords: E100; epistle; epistles; letters
|E100-86: 1 Timothy 3:1 - 3:16: Leadership in the churches - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
In this chapter Paul sets out some simple effective rules for Timothy about who are suitable people to be leaders in churches in particular he deals with "Bishops" and "Deacons". Deacon means very different things today in Anglican and in Baptist churches, to name only two of the bewildering variety of leaders called "deacon" (all claiming to be biblical). And Bishops are potentially even more divisive - if only because some of us donât have them...
Keywords: 1&2 Tim; Titus; 5 Steps; E100; pastoral; partoral epistles; leadership; women in leadership; leadership in the church; church leadership; women leaders
|E100-20: Exodus 13-14: Crossing the Reed Sea - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
In this podcast we'll notice just how firmly this passage tells us that the miracle at the Reed Sea* was indeed entirely a miracle. We'll notice how good source critics were/are at spotting small discrepancies in texts, but also how little the composers of the Bible seemed to care about detail, concerned with things that matter (relationships, especially and particularly our relationship with God) rather than "facts" which are merely of secondary importance...
Keywords: exodus; narrative; biblical studies; red sea; reed sea
|E100-67: John 18:1 - 40: Jesus secret and three betrayals - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
In this chapter, we get the climax of John's series of sayings where Jesus echoes the divine "I am" cf. Exodus 3 (E100-17: Exodus 3-4: Getting the holy between your toes!), and we also notice how amid powerful people who seem muddled and out of control, Jesus (the one who seems to be the victim) is the only person in control of himself! And weâll discover his secret. Weâll also notice the three betrayals, and ask how we can avoid joining they betrayers.
Keywords: E100; Jesus; John betrayal; Peter
|E100-48: Daniel 6:1 - 6:28: Introducing Daniel - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
In this 5 minute recording I try to introduce Daniel, a book that has been placed among the prophets in Christian Bibles (following the tradition of the old Greek translation) but is not a "prophet" in the Hebrew Bible. The book contains two sorts of material, stories about Daniel, like this one "Daniel in the Lions' Den", and records of Daniel's visions, which seem to speak in a half hidden coded language...
Keywords: Daniel; Bible; biblical study; apocalypitc; lions
|E100-17: Exodus 3-4: Getting the holy between your toes! - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
What matters, what really matters, is getting the holy between our toes. In this reading we discover Moses getting on first name terms wiuth God, and what (perhaps) God's name means. This is "holy ground" even compared to most other parts of the Bible, so take your shoes off, and listen. No, God's name yhwh does not just mean the 'One who is' and it for sure does not mean "Don't ask, because I won't tell you!" but to find out what more I think it means listen in ;)
Keywords: exodus; narrative; biblical studies; theology; God; Yahweh; name of God
|E100 week 5: The Law and the Land - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Despite its title this five has little about the law, and not enough about the covenant (binding agreement) to which this law belongs. The selection of passages (the first time I have strongly differed from the choice made by the organisers) is weighted towards American Evangelical favourite Sunday School stories. Having got that gripe off my chest, we'll notice how in these readings we learn (again) about what it does and does not mean to be God's chosen people...
Keywords: Exodus; Joshua; law; promised land
|E100-54: Luke 3:1 - 3:20: Baptism by water and by fire - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
How would you take to John as preacher in your church? He certainly had an attention grabbing opening: You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Luke 3:7 If a little lacking in pastoral skills ;) But for a modern audience it actually gets harder, just as John seems to soften. And then there's Jesus...
Keywords: Luke; Jesus; baptism; Luke 3
|E100-19: Exodus 12: A great festival, but a huge theological problem - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
I'm torn two ways on how to respond to this reading: * on one side, a great opportunity to explain Passover, the great festival that celebrates God as liberator, saviour and enimy of powerful oppressors * on the other, when I read (the Bible or the Newsâ¦) I tend to sympathise with those who suffer, and while in earlier chapters that's the Israelites, here I feel the pain of bereaved Egyptian parents â how can the God who we have discovered so far in Genesis commit such a barbarous act? There...
Keywords: exodus; narrative; biblical studies; passover
|E100-23: Joshua 1: Joshua Succeeds Moses - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This chapter focuses on Joshua taking over from Moses, now that (at the end of Deuteronomy) Moses is dead and gone (though no one except God) saw him die. In the reading we learn a lot about how the Bible views leadership, and it does not easily fit with any of our modern, well-worn patterns. Thank God! We also (not coincidentally) learn about cooperation among God's people.
Keywords: Joshua; Bible; biblical studies
|E100-55: Matthew 3:13 - 4:17: Testing the Messiah - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Matthew has introduced Jesus, giving his genealogy, linking him to the story of God's chosen people in particular to David the great king (messiah) and Abraham the ancestor (patriarch) whom God first chose and blessed to be the blessing of the rest of humanity, and four really interesting women. He has told the birth, with a focus on kingship (messiah) and opposition (Herrod's massacre of innocents)...
Keywords: Jesus; Matthew; gospel; gospels; incarnation
|E100-38: 1 Kings 8:1 - 9:9: Solomon and the temple - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Solomon's prayer understands that Yahweh is a different God, the gods (like Ba'al and his crowd) lived in the sky â and lanced thunderbolts down on people they disliked - heaven/sky was like the earth only bigger and better. When Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev said "Gagarin flew into space, but didn't see any God there". Solomon's prayer sees the stupidity of Krushchev - how could the creator of universes be see from a measly 302Kms from earth? But...
Keywords: 1 Kings; Solomon; biblical; narrative; bible study
|E100-22: Exodus 32:1 â 34:35: The Golden Calf - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This passage was probably chosen because it contains two famous "Bible stories", the Golden Calf (in which a priest does what the people want, and becomes so successful that drunkenness, idolatry and other stupidity reigns) and the time Moses got to see God's backside. But more troublingly it is another passage where God commands and demands killing. I can't offer easy answers, indeed in one 5 minute podcast what did you expect ;) but I will return to these passages and examine the issue in podc...
Keywords: exodus; bible; golden calf; idolatry
|E100 Week 10: Prophets: three principles to unlock the code - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Prophets and prophecy: the most misunderstood part of OT, âmysterious messengersâ. A random chunk from a prophetic book will offer a confusing, seemingly muddled, confusion of vivid picture language. Yet, three simple principles can (usually) unlock the mystery and allow the prophets to speak: * conversion not prediction * context not timeless * conversation not monologue As I'll explain briefly in this podcast these three principles can cause mere fortune tellers to become evangelists, and th...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; understanding the prophets; Bible; Old Testament
|E100-52: Luke 1:1 - 1:80: Setting the scene - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The first four verses of Luke set up some expectations for the Gospel. Luke tells us he cares about history and evidence, uses posh Greek words some used by historians (especially Jewish history), yet by naming Theophilus and his use of the first person (I) he also sends other signals. This is history but personal, Greek, but embedded in Judaism and especially Scripture. Then the chapter continues with a string of echoes of the Old Testament Scriptures...
Keywords: Luke; Jesus; Luke 1
|E100-45: Proverbs 16:1 - 18:24: What are proverbs or what is Proverbs? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Proverbs are pithy sayings. Short, thought-provoking, often using vivid imagery proverbs work by making you think. But they are often used as a source of quick simple answers. The book of Proverbs is a collkection of loads of such sayings with a long preface and short epilogue that encourage young men to meditate on this advice. The goal of Proverbs is lives lived well. A proverb can be applied like a Band Aid to appropriate situations, BUT their greatest value is when you meditate them...
Keywords: bible; proverbs; wisdom; proverb
|E100-46: Isaiah 51:1 - 53:12: Reading prophets for pleasure and profit - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
I have not focused these 5 Minutes on how Is 53 speaks so clearly about Jesus, it is the Old Testament passage that is most clearly, directly and simply fulfilled in Christ. But that status should not make it paradigmatic for undedrstanding how Jesus fulfills Scripture. For more on that (and there is nothing on that in this podcast :( see What DOES "fulfil" mean? And other podcasts on this topic here...
Keywords: history; prophet; prophecy; bible; biblical studies
|E100-24: Joshua 3:1 - 4:24: Crossing the Jordan - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
For today's reading there are historical (standing stones) and geographic (the Jordan river) information that is important, and perhaps better communicated by pictures and words, rather than words alone. So here are some relevant pictures, with brief captions... See the original post.
Keywords: Joshua; jordan; bible
|E100: Week six: Is Ruth also among the Judges? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The book of Judges starts badly and gets worse. The end gets completely censored, never read in church, even the Sunday School stories get their naughty bits covered up! The book ends with a slogan in 21:25 "In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit." Which neatly prepares for the books of Samuel except by the time we reach the end of 2 Kings (even if we are slow learners) we realise that kings are not much better...
Keywords: ruth; judges; bible; bible study
|E100 Week 8:The Fall of Israel - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
"The fall of Israel" is a theological (not historical) title. This five covers almost the whole history of the Israelite kingdoms from David to the destruction of Jerusalem. The Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-Kings) from which they all come (cf. remarks on Judges) tell the story with the end in view, one important goal of these books is to explain the fall of Jerusalem and the exile. So this is a good selection to understand what is going on: 1...
Keywords: bible; david; judah; kings
|E100-43: Psalm 103:1 - 103:22: God is faithful and loving - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
There are some technical details to explain: what a "hymn" is (not a long old-fashioned worship song), what it means to "bless God" and the meaning of hesed. But mainly this podcast aims to encourage you to hear the celebration of the creator God who is gracious, even to those who do not deserve it, merciful and above all faithful. It's a beautiful psalm, that expresses how God is not "a god" clearly and sharply, and it just begs us to join in blessing Yahweh!
Keywords: psalms; psalm 103; bible; biblical study
|E100-44: Proverbs 1:1 - 4:27: Where is wisdom to be found? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Most of Proverbs contains collections of proverbs (pithy sayings about life) but the book has a nine chapter prologue and a half chapter epilogue. The epilogue is a poem describing an ideal(ised) wife. The prologue seeks to motivate the student (a young male - notice all the "my son" language) to follow his mother's advice and live a faithful, respectable, respectful, honest life. The last chapters sex up this motivational speech by picturing Wisdom as a woman, who should become the young man's ...
Keywords: bible; proverbs; wisdom; apocrypha
|E100-15: Genesis 45:1-46:7: Reconciliation - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Our last reading left things open-ended - this shows full and dramatic reconciliation, an explosion of emotion from Joseph, and a clue as to what made the difference between last reading and this one. It makes so much difference to how we live if we really recognise what is going on, and Joseph can give us a clue too...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; joseph
|E100-60: Luke 15:1 - 15:32: Lost and Found - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This is a chapter of parables. Remember parabole (Greek) or mashal (Hebrew) means a comparison, so ask ourselves whatâs the point of comparison here? One clue is to look at the numbers (no, Iâll not be getting into numerology ;) Another, Jesus gives us himself. And a third comes from noticing where the climax of the story comes. Out of these clues weâll find that the Prodigal Son is not about the prodigal son, or even primarily about his forgiving fatherâ¦
Keywords: E100; Jesus; Luke; parables
|E100-50: Malachi 1:1 - 4:6: The book that makes the bridge - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Malachi is a short prophetic book, the name Malachi just means "my messenger" which seems to be what the speaker calls himself. It has no more details of time, place or person in the superscription (as most prophetic books do), but the content suggests Judah after the exile under Persian rule. The book opens opens with a strong statement of Yahweh's election of Israel, using hyperbole (exageration) to make it's impact...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; Malachi; Bible; Old Testament
|E100-33: 1 Samuel 16:1 - 18:16: Slain in the Spirit - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Yes, like some of the Bible writers, I just can't resist a pun, especially if it really does help carry the message :) And in this case I think it does, more specifically after we have noticed quickly some of the good stuff in the famous David and Goliath story of David and Goliath. For this podcast, perhaps as homework, you might want to play with a computer Bible... and you might also want to return to the comments, and discuss the vexed question of the nature of blasphemy against the Holy Spi...
Keywords: 1 Samuel; Narrative; biblical narrative; Matthew; pun